10 June 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Three Wolf BlueCotton Moon

Just the other day, Tom, our General Operations Manager, was seen wearing a new shirt he designed using our award winning Design Studio. Tom, of course, chose his favorite shirt, the American Apparel BB401, as the canvas for his Three Wolf BlueCotton Moon masterpiece. When asked about his new shirt, Tom simply listed the pros and cons:

Pros: Fits my slender frame; has wolves on it; my wife likes it.
Cons: Only 3 wolves; could probably use a few more on the ‘guns’; cannot see wolves when sitting with arms crossed; wolves would have been better if they glowed in the dark.

What Tom doesn’t realize is that this shirt permeates so much mystical power that Chuck Norris is scared. Adam, one of our graphic designers, is so enamored with its mystical powers that he is going to get this design tattooed on his lower back tomorrow morning.

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09 March 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Design Studio Tip: Grouping (Video)

Like most software programs, the BlueCotton Design Studio has some really cool and useful features that may not be obvious to the casual user. One such feature is grouping! Grouping allows you to select multiple objects at once, letting you scale and move those objects as a collective group. This is especially useful when you’ve got your design just how you want it, but maybe not exactly where you want it.

Using the grouping feature is pretty straight-forward. When in the Design Studio, simply click and drag the selection box around the objects you would like to manipulate as a group. Now, with the objects selected, you can move and resize them together just as if they were a single object! Check out the video below for a simple demonstration of how to use Design Studio grouping feature!

Want more tips for using the BlueCotton Design Studio? Be sure to read our previous entries regarding the Distressed Effect and our library of Design Ideas.

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10 January 2011 ~ 0 Comments

New Design Contest!

Interested in a substantial discount on your next order? Then enter our latest design contest on our Facebook page! Watch the video below for all the details on how to enter your design!

For more BlueCotton videos, check out our YouTube channel.

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21 January 2008 ~ 1 Comment

The Lowdown on Uploaded Images

How can you tell if your uploaded graphic will print crisp and clean on the shirt? Here’s a quick and easy test: before uploading your graphic to the Design Studio, print it from your printer at the size you want to print on the shirt. If the print looks blurry, chunky or dirty, it won’t look any better on the shirt.

So how do you fix this? Making the graphic high resolution is the best place to start. If you are using a vector-based graphics program such as Adobe® Illustrator®, be sure to export your file with a resolution of 300 dpi. If you are using a raster-based program such as Adobe® Photoshop®, start the process by working with a resolution of 300 dpi. In some programs the resolution may be referred to as ppi (pixels per inch); for our purposes this is the same as dpi. A common mistake is to use 72 dpi, which is perfect for on-screen viewing, but will produce poor print results. It’s also important for the graphic to be the size you intend to print on the garment. For instance, if you want your graphic to print 10”w x 11”h, make it 10”w x 11”h at 300 dpi. If you start with dimensions smaller than you intend the final print to be, you are essentially decreasing the resolution of the image when you enlarge it. [...]

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16 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

BlueCotton.com Awarded Adobe’s Site of the Day

Bluecotton.com has been awarded Adobe’s Site of the Day award for July 16, 2007. BlueCotton.com’s Design Studio utilizes Adobe’s Flash technology to provide you with the most advanced and intuitive solution for designing custom apparel online.

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15 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

ComNetSlash.com Praises BlueCotton.com to the UK Tech Community

Click here to check it out.

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